Jay Feely Says Gisele Tried to Get Him to Talk Brady into Retiring

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SILast spring Brady and his family vacationed with retired kicker Jay Feely, a close friend from their college days at Michigan. This being Brady, Feely prefers not to disclose the locale, but he does share that Brady’s wife, the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, spent time on that trip “trying to get me to convince [Tom] to stop playing.” And, Feely adds, “she was dead serious.”

Feely says he looked at his friend and told him, “Play as long as you can.” Brady smiled back and winked.

“For years he wanted to prove he belonged in this league,” Feely says. “He won three Super Bowls and still used perceived slights to motivate himself. And he’s still finding ways to motivate himself.”

I’m calling shenanigans on this story in so many ways I’m even sure where to begin. So I’ll begin with Jay Feely. I have no opinion on the guy.  When he comes on those CBS games to break down the kicks, it’s just white noise to me. Blah blah blah leg. Yadda yadda plant foot. Mumble mumble follow-through while the world waits for the inevitable Peyton Manning commercial and eventually the next set of downs.

But you know who does have an opinion on Jay Feely? Pat McAfee. A national treasure, co-host of Laces Out and an expert on kicking who can explain special teams better than any man alive. And McAfee says almost every week how full of shit Feely is and how all kickers in the NFL hate him. So why believe him when he says that Gisele would go to him of all people to talk her soulmate into ending his career?

Like I said, I don’t know Jay Feely. But I do know plenty of guys who make themselves the heroes of their own stories. And that’s exactly what this sounds like. “Oh yeah, I’m so tight with the most famous couple in the world I go on vacations with them. I mean, I can’t disclose our private spot, but trust me we’re like super close. It’s no 3rd Wheel situation or anything. Like we share secrets and I’m their go-to on all important life decisions. Did I tell you G wanted me to talk my boy into retiring? But I was like ‘No way’ and told him to keep playing and he winked at me because we’re bros. And we laughed in that way special friends do …”

There’s just no way I’m buying it. If Gisele wanted help from someone with some influence in her husband’s life, she’d do to a Tom Sr. A Wes Welker. Alex Guerrero. Charlie Weis, maybe. The Pope. She’s certainly not going to pretend Jay Feely has some juice just because he and Brady went to keggers in Ann Arbor back in the 90s. So he can quit making up stories about what besties he, Brady and Gisele are and go back to misanalyzing NFL placekickers.

P.S. I will say that the rest of the article was filled with pretty good, non-Feely content. Especially this little gem, which says a lot:

 [T]his all works, according to retired wideout Brandon Lloyd, “because so many of the players lack the ability to start on another team, so they just do what they’re told to do.” The Pats, he says, “take players like that on purpose. That’s the business model.”…

He arrived having heard all about the team’s obsession with situational football, which was highlighted for him in one film session in ’06, while he was playing for the Redskins, in which he swears the Patriots ran some variation of the same play 17 straight times. … “It’s not like the Patriots don’t have disgruntled players. They do,” he says. “It’s that the credibility goes so far back you can’t ignore it. So you do what you’re supposed to do.”

That’s more like it. Let’s have more talk about the Patriots winning with other teams’ backups, situational football and subjugating egos for the greater good. And no more fake news retirement stories.